Comp Shop

One of the great things about shopping online, is being able to comparison shop from the comfort of your living room... and it's all done with just a few minutes of your time. No need to drive all over, waste an entire day and a tank of gas.

I was just reminded of this recently because I was doing some Christmas shopping. Last year for Christmas, hubby and I had gotten my brother in law an ESPN magazine subscription. Well the other day, I got an email notice that it was time for renewal and they were offering some great renewal rate, or some crap like that. Wanna guess what my great renewal rate was? $19.97.

$19.97??? Now I know it's a 26 issue subscription, so that's why it's a little pricey, but I still thought I could find something better. I couldn't remember how much I had paid for the original subscription, but what I did know was that I am never willing to be an uneducated customer. That's when you're just asking to get ripped off. So, make sure you educate yourself:
  1. Always research your purchases and find the going rate for whatever you're looking for.

  2. Try to find the best deal around.

  3. Lastly, make sure you also look for coupon codes to make the deal even better.
Luckily I was able to find the ESPN magazine (for 84% off the cover price) at magazines.com. I also found a coupon code for 5 bucks off select magazines, but this one wasn't on the list, so I didn't end up using that. Anyway, I got the subscription renewed, it was $14.97, and I'm happy with that. It's still $5 better than what they had offered me to begin with. It definitely pays to comp shop.

Interested in that $5 off coupon code I found? The code is: fall_5off, expires 11/15/07. For some reason, the only way to access the list of magazines that it applies to, is through clicking this banner link.

Magazines.com, Inc.


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Jennifer said...

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